I need help// Jag behöver hjälp … some helpful links, tipps and ideas for international students
Hello dear unicorn friends
for those who do not study at the Jönköping University as an international student, this entry might not be that interesting. But nevertheless you could still go on and read it :).
The university provides every single international student with an accommodation. You will have to apply for a spot as soon as possible. One should specify the first three personal choices and give further information about ones noise sensitivity, the urge to rather live on your own or with others etc.
Afterwards the accommodation office will try to match your expectations and wishes as best as possible. Keep in mind that you will not find out were you will live until arriving to Jönköping.
(very useful website and full of information!!!)
Some landlords of several accommodations, such as Ekhagen, demand a security deposit. Have some extra money on your bank account just in case you would have to pay for that kind of security. If you don’t destroy anything during your stay you will receive the entire amount back when leaving.
Also some agreements don’t have a fixed rental period, so think about cancelling the rental agreement IN TIME (e.g. 3 months earlier).
Don’t forget in inform the University about your arrival date & hour. It is not that critical if you arrive sooner or later than the time you have given them. There is always someone picking students from the Resecentrum (train station in Jönköping). Just keep in mind to inform them if the day has changed or your arrival should take place in the middle of the night.
3. Bank account
If you originate from Germany and you have a Deutsche Bank account, look for another one before coming to Sweden. Don’t get me wrong I had the best experience with the DB (Deutsche Bank) in other foreign countries such as Spanin, Great Britain, USA, but the service for Sweden really sucks. Sorry for that 😀
You have to pay humongous fees for every kind of transaction you will think of doing. No matter if paying via MasterCard, debitcard, onlinebanking, what ever you do, it will cost you a lot of extra money.
Some colleagues of mine use a DKB bank account that is much more let me call it “moneyfriendly”. It costs you literally nothing to withdraw money using your creditcard.
I just opened an account at DKB, let’s see how that works out 🙂
Studying at the Jönköping University will be much more easier using the books that the professors recommend you to use. Please do not go out there on amazon and ebay and buy new books! Unless you have tons of money that you don’t know how to get ride of. New books that you will need for your studies cost a lot. There are several helpful facebook pages where students sell used books, so if you don’t have any problems with working with secondhand books go ahead and buy used ones. Keep in mind that it might take a while until you will find the book you were looking for.
There is also the university’s library which you can access with your JU card. Unfortunately they don’t posses enough books to satisfy every single student.
Maybe you will find the books you need in the state’s library, also called Folkbibliotheken: http://bibliotek.jonkoping.se/web/arena
That would be all for a start. Hope I could help you guys!